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Bob Schoultz
Naval/Academic leader

Bob Schoultz

Captain Bob Schoultz (U.S. Navy, Ret.) directs the Master of Science in Global Leadership at the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration.

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Some force-fed humility

Congresswoman Pelosi has lost credibility by insisting on remaining the head of the Democratic caucus in the wake of the recent elections. By 'fighting' to stay in the limelight, she leaves the impression that her agenda is more about her than about the things she claims to believe in. A more credible and humble approach would be...

By Bob Schoultz | November 8, 2010; 05:39 PM ET | Comments (7)

Rough-and-tumble world of innovation

Convincing faculty to 'embrace' new technology and to reengineer higher education is a hard sell for most university presidents.

By Bob Schoultz | May 25, 2010; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why didn't he know?

People will forgive a lot, but not hypocrisy, nor shirking of responsibility.

By Bob Schoultz | March 31, 2010; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

A failure of Navy leadership

Captain Holly Graf, a commanding officer of a Navy missile cruiser, was apparently an abusive leader long before she was relieved with cause. The Navy needs to investigate.

By Bob Schoultz | March 9, 2010; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (68)

Remarkably realistic

When it comes to unrealistic war movies, there have been far worse than 'Hurt Locker.' This movie goes a long way to capturing the realities of war in the 21st century.

By Bob Schoultz | March 9, 2010; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Politics IS the 'right thing'

Political considerations and the potential consequences of decisions are part of good executive-branch judgment.

By Bob Schoultz | February 16, 2010; 05:48 AM ET | Comments (6)

Alternative rewards

With increased work and no additional pay, leaders must be creative in finding other ways to reward good employees.

By Bob Schoultz | January 5, 2010; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

No option but one

Tiger should strive to make his public image as close as possible to the reality of who he is.

By Bob Schoultz | December 9, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simple but not easy

Leaders in other sectors who REALLY CARE about winning and retaining the confidence, trust, and loyalty of the American public know how to earn it.

By Bob Schoultz | November 3, 2009; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

A private conversation

Had Dan Snyder wanted to keep Jim Zorn and not undermine his authority, the conversation and decision about his weaknesses would have taken place in private.

By Bob Schoultz | October 27, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

The return of Joltin' Joe

For my parents' generation, Joe DiMaggio was an archetypal American hero. Capt. Sullenberger, with his quiet competence, now seems to have stepped up to that plate.

By Bob Schoultz | October 22, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Meet Standing Up

Hold routine meetings standing up. This makes clear that the meeting is meant to be short and perfunctory, and there is a pressure to avoid long discussions or pontification.

By Bob Schoultz | October 6, 2009; 06:47 AM ET | Comments (4)

High-Stakes Chess

While he's paying attention to our rook, our knight should be maneuvering into position to help us get what WE want.

By Bob Schoultz | September 29, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (48)

Relax or Else

Not only does the leader need to unplug and unwind, but the rest of the organization needs to know it can function well without the leader's constant presence, virtual or otherwise.

By Bob Schoultz | August 11, 2009; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Less Beer, More Honesty

Candidate Obama criticized then-President Bush for not admitting mistakes. I think President Obama missed an opportunity here to distinguish himself from "politics as usual."

By Bob Schoultz | August 4, 2009; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (3)

What Taxpayers Want

I don't trust the government to make good business decisions any more than I trust the former leaders of GM. The government's role in GM should be to focus on ensuring good governance and business practices, and not business strategy decisions.

By Bob Schoultz | June 3, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Propriety Aside

The real issue is whether in expressing his disagreement with the Obama administration, Mr. Cheney also expresses respect for our democratic process, for the American people and the electoral decision they made.

By Bob Schoultz | May 12, 2009; 07:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Necessary Question

Even the best institutions must regularly be jolted out of the self-congratulatory complacency that can take hold when excellent organizations come to believe their own propaganda and mythology.

By Bob Schoultz | April 21, 2009; 06:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Emergency Leadership

In a time of extreme crisis, a leader must be able to instill confidence in followers -- and know that the ones he or she may leave behind will be taken care of.

By Bob Schoultz | April 14, 2009; 06:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

Great Pay, Great Responsibility

The credibility and sense of belonging that comes of shared sacrifice could help an organization come out of this crisis stronger than before. Executives have to lead, if that is to happen.

By Bob Schoultz | March 17, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Maturing with "12 O'Clock High"

As a junior officer, I couldn't relate to Gregory Peck's portrayal of General Frank Savage. When I became a leader myself, I learned from his struggle to balance his own needs as a person with his responsibilities as a leader.

By Bob Schoultz | February 17, 2009; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Underestimated Strengths

His best virtues were honesty, loyalty and respect for others, while his single-minded focus on the Middle East and on keeping America safe from further attack will only be fully appreciated in the future.

By Bob Schoultz | January 5, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Special Investigator Needed

The President-elect needs to make sure he is not seen as sitting on the sidelines. Meeting with congressional leaders to identify a special investigator might be the right step.

By Bob Schoultz | December 16, 2008; 08:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

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